Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

As a leader in educating girls and empowering them to be the best they can be, Stuartholme was proud to support Queensland Women’s Week and International Women’s Day last week. If you follow us on Facebook you would have seen our series of interviews with various members of our community including Alumnae, staff and a student on what Queensland Women’s Week meant to them. On Wednesday, I hosted a table at the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia’s (AGSA) International Women’s Day event and shared lunch with a range of inspiring women who have contributed generously to our Stuartholme community.

As I have mentioned, I spent most of my first year observing how Stuartholme operates, what we do well and what I believe we can improve. I would now like your feedback on a variety of aspects of our School. Shortly, I will be asking all members of the Stuartholme community to complete a survey, including students, staff and of course, parents. I intend to use the results from the survey, along with a diverse range of data, in drafting the School’s next Strategic Plan.

Next week, we will also have two educational researchers in the school visiting classes and interviewing staff, students and parents. This research is part of a National School Improvement process. I am looking forward to seeing the results.

Finally, on Saturday 11 March we held our annual Open Day which is one, if not the biggest, day in our calendar. While Open Day is a Marketing event, it is an unreserved, authentic expression of who we are. I believe we truly shone as a community.  The Stuartholme community owns the day. From our wonderful teachers who talked so passionately about their subjects and their students, the students who led tours, parents who staffed the BBQ or supported their daughters on the day, our school officers who greeted visitors and everyone else who participated. This is your day and you should be extremely proud of its success. This year we had a record attendance of over 1270 visitors. From this, we received overwhelmingly positive feedback, a number of applications on the day and many more during the week.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all. I’ve often commented on the warm and gentle welcome I received when I started at Stuartholme and I’m delighted that future families have experienced the same welcome.

God bless and take care,
Kristen Sharpe